Stereophile January 2008 Recording of the Month!
Chrome Dreams II is a sequel to Chrome Dreams, a legendary NY album from 1977
that had originally been scheduled for release but was shelved in favor of
American Stars 'N Bars. It was produced by Neil and Niko Bolas (aka The Volume
Dealers), and features the ensemble of Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, pedal
steel guitarist and dobro player Ben Keith (Harvest, Comes A Time, Harvest Moon)
and bassist Rick Rosas (Freedom, Living With War, This Note's for You). The Blue
Note Horns are on one track, "Ordinary People," and The Young People’s Chorus of
New York City on "The Way." Most of the recording was done live with few
overdubs at Feelgood's Garage studio near Redwood City, California, with two
vintage gas pumps out front and vintage studio gear inside.
The critically acclaimed album features 10 new songs.
"Whatever your feelings about either of Young's stylistic personalities, the
combination of both on one record is brilliant. What's most undeniably
impressive about Chrome Dreams II is the proof it offers that Neil Young is one
of the few rock musicians of his generation who not only survives, but thrives."
- Robert Baird, Stereophile Magazine, January 2008, Vol. 31, No. 1
• 180g Vinyl LP
Neil Young, electric guitar, vocals
Joe Canuck, vocals
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro - guitar
Rick Rosas - bass
Chad Cromwell, drums
Ben Keith, alto saxophone
Steve Lawrence, tenor saxophone, keyboards
Larry Cragg, baritone saxophone
Claude Cailliet, trombone
John Fumo, trumpet
Tom Bray, trumpet (Solo)
2. Beautiful Bluebird
3. Spirit Road
4. Dirty Old Man
5. Ordinary People
6. Ever After
7. The Way
8. The Believver
9. Shining Light
10. No Hidden Path
Recorded at Feelgood's Garage, Plywood Analog and Avatar Studios, New York City.